Congrats to Dr. Sam Thomas on new book!

UAHuntsville history professor Samuel S. Thomas has written about the history of midwifery for historical journals, and in the coming year he will explore the subject in fiction as well.

The book, a work of historical fiction, is tentatively titled The Midwife’s Story: A Mystery and will be published next fall by St. Martin’s Press. Thomas’s book tells the story of Bridget Hodgson, an elite midwife in 17th century York, England. While Hodgson is a gentlewoman by birth, and thus is close to the most powerful families of York, her work as a midwife takes her far beyond her elite social circle.

You can read more about how Dr. Thomas discovered Bridget Hodgson here.

UAHuntsville students and faculty can read some of Dr. Thomas’s other works listed below online or download the full-text from various databases, courtesy of the Salmon library. If you need any assistance locating the articles, please contact the library at 256-824-6529 or

“Early Modern Midwifery: Splitting the Profession, Connecting the History.” Journal of Social History 43, No. 1 (2009): 115-38.

“Midwifery and Society in Restoration York.” Social History of Medicine 16, no. 1 (2003): 1-16.

“Religious Community in Revolutionary Halifax.” Northern History 40, no. 1 (2003): 89-111.

“Transforming the Gospel of Domesticity: Luhya Girls and the Friends Africa Mission, 1917-1926.” African Studies Review 43, no. 2 (2000): 1-27.

History Vault database trial until Aug. 29

From now until Aug. 29, the UAHuntsville Salmon Library (and other NAAL members) will have trial access to the ProQuest database History Vault. Please contact the Reference Desk for login information at 256-824-6529 or

ProQuest is introducing more than 23 million pages of primary source material from its University Publications of America (UPA) Collection in a digital format. ProQuest History Vault unlocks the wealth of archival materials with a single search. Researchers will be able to access letters, papers, photographs, scrapbooks, financial records, diaries, and much more from a single interface.

Modules currently available include:
The Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century: Federal Government Records (691,000 pages; 37 collections)

The Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century: Organizational Records and Personal Papers, Part 1 (617,000 pages; 36 collections)

Search results are bibliographic metadata records with embedded links to a searchable PDF of the document. Browse options include event timelines and detailed descriptions of archival collections from which the materials are drawn. Jump right to the most significant folders in the collection, or run a search on a person, event, or controlled vocabulary subject term that catches your eye.

For more information, please view the ProQuest History Vault brochure here.

Trial to Digital National Security Archive

Now until Aug. 12, 2011, we have access to the Digital National Security Archive at the below link:

ProQuest, in partnership with The National Security Archive produce the Digital National Security Archive, the most comprehensive collection available of significant primary documents central to U.S. foreign and military policy since 1945. Over 80,000 of the most important, declassified documents – totaling more than 500,000 pages -are included in the database. Many are published now for the first time.

The National Security Archive is a non-profit research institute and library, located at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., which provides unprecedented public access to declassified government documents obtained through extensive use of the U.S. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

DNSA currently contains thirty-six collections:

Afghanistan: The Making of U.S. Policy, 1973-1990
The Berlin Crisis, 1958-1962
China and the United States: From Hostility to Engagement, 1960-1998
Colombia and the United States: Political Violence, Narcotics, and Human Rights, 1948-2010
The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962
The Cuban Missile Crisis Revisited: An International Collection of Documents, From the Bay of Pigs to the Brink of Nuclear War
Death Squads, Guerrilla War, Covert Operations, and Genocide: Guatemala and the United States, 1954-1999
El Salvador: The Making of U.S. Policy, 1977-1984
El Salvador: War, Peace, and Human Rights, 1980-1994
Iran: The Making of U.S. Policy, 1977-1980
The Iran-Contra Affair: The Making of a Scandal
Iraqgate: Saddam Hussein, U.S. Policy and the Prelude to the Persian Gulf War, 1980-1994
Japan and the United States: Diplomatic, Security, and Economic Relations, 1960-1976
Japan and the United States: Diplomatic, Security, and Economic Relations, Part II, 1977-1992
The Kissinger Telephone Conversations: A Verbatim Record of U.S. Diplomacy, 1969-1977
The Kissinger Transcripts: A Verbatim Record of U.S. Diplomacy, 1969-1977
The National Security Agency: Organization and Operations, 1945-2009
Nicaragua: The Making of U.S. Policy, 1978-1990
Peru: Human Rights, Drugs and Democracy, 1980-2000
The Philippines: U.S. Policy during the Marcos Years, 1965-1986
Presidential Directives on National Security from Harry Truman to William Clinton (Part I)
Presidential Directives on National Security from Harry Truman to George W. Bush (Part II)
South Africa: The Making of U.S. Policy, 1962-1989
The Soviet Estimate: U.S. Analysis of the Soviet Union, 1947-1991
Terrorism and U.S. Policy, 1968-2002
The United States and the Two Koreas from Nixon to Clinton (1969-2000)
U.S. Espionage and Intelligence, 1947-1996
U.S. Intelligence and China: Collection, Analysis, and Covert Action
The U.S. Intelligence Community after 9/11
The U.S. Intelligence Community, 1947-1989
U.S. Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Destruction: From World War II to Iraq
U.S. Military Uses of Space, 1945-1991
U.S. Nuclear History: Nuclear Arms and Politics in the Missile Age, 1955-1968
U.S. Nuclear Non-Proliferation Policy, 1945-1991
U.S. Policy in the Vietnam War, Part I: 1954-1968
U.S. Policy in the Vietnam War, Part II: 1969-1975

DNSA’s newest collection is U.S. Intelligence and China: Collection, Analysis, and Covert Action. Each collection contains a diverse range of policy documents including presidential directives, memos, diplomatic dispatches, meeting notes, independent reports, briefing papers, White House communications, email, confidential letters and other secret material. Contextual and reference supplements are provided for each collection, including general introductory material, a chronology, glossary and bibliography. Content is carefully selected by top scholars in the field.

Documents have been indexed to permit item and page-level searching across more than 20 combinable fields. In its totality, DNSA offers the most powerful research and teaching tool available in the area of U.S. foreign policy, intelligence and security issues during the pivotal period of twentieth-century history.

DNSA also contains the CIA Family Jewels Indexed. Among the most controversial documents ever compiled by the Central Intelligence Agency, the “Family Jewels” represents the CIA’s own view, in 1973, of those domestic activities it had engaged in up to that time that were outside its charter, hence illegal. Totaling 703 pages and consisting of summary reports and supporting documents sent from CIA directorates and divisions to the agency’s chief, the “Family Jewels” contains chilling references to CIA contacts with the Mafia, denials of involvement in assassinations, materials on CIA interrogations, surveillance of journalists and the antiwar movement in the U.S., penetrations of other federal agencies, a break-in at the Chilean embassy, cooperation with local law enforcement authorities, support for White House political activities, responses to the leak of the Pentagon Papers, and much more.

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